Sunday, 10 January 2010

Job Description Community Consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine - Connect Physical Health - 0191 2504858

Description of Post

Post Title
Community Consultant in Sports & Exercise Medicine – full or part-time, minimum of 7 sessions

Location of post
Based in North-East of England but may on occasion require travel to Connect contracts throughout the UK.

Accountable and Responsible to:
1.  Clinical Governance: Director of Clinical Governance
2.  Operationally: Managing Director & to Dr Graeme Wilkes, Clinical Lead

Specification of Post (supplied in detail separately)
The post holder will be on the Specialist Register for Sports and Exercise Medicine and be committed to developing and providing:

  • Community Musculoskeletal clinics  for NHS patients
  • Sports Medicine to Sports Teams and Individuals
  • Public health role around Physical Activity in the Community

The successful candidate will have specialist levels of MSK knowledge and skills which are up to date with current research.

The post holder will be willing and and proficient at passing on knowledge and skills to others within Connect and outside to relevant parties such as GPs.

They will demonstrate enthusiasm for innovation within a progressive organisation and for promoting the service and organisation to the wider community.

Duties of Post

  1. The post holder will provide expert musculoskeletal assessment, diagnosis and treatment consistent with their specialist status. Musculoskeletal Services will be provided in a Community NHS Intermediate Care setting, in Connects High Street clinics and /or to teams/ individuals who contract/request MSK services from Connect
  2. The post-holder will work on behalf of Connect with local clinicians, local authority and the independent and voluntary sector on the Public Health agenda. He/she will work to attract funding to develop physical activity programmes in the community to meet the government public health agenda. Once developed, the post holder will provide management and clinical input into developed schemes.
  3. The post holder will contribute to service development allied to Musculoskeletal Medicine through generation of ideas, through to generation of business case, presenting to commissioners and to implementation.

  1. The post holder will work with Connects partners to delvelop and deliver new and existing services

  1. The post-holder will be required to maintain contemporaneous records of all interactions with patients and behave in accordance with standards expected by:-
i         Connect Physical Health
ii        The GMC

  1. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to audit and research with a view to promotion of Connect and of Sport & Exercise Medicine in the wider community.

  1. He/she will be expected to maintain a high standard of professional and clinical practice and demonstrate a willingness to develop further skills through the processes of :
1.    In service training
2.    Continuing Professional Development
3.    Individual Performance Reviews

6.  The post-holder will contribute to training of other members of Connect staff including Physiotherapists and GPwSIs and external professionals such as GP’s

Terms and Conditions of Service

·         Employment will be by contractual agreement
·         30 days annual leave plus public holidays
·         Flexible pension options available
·         Internal CPD provided
·         Travel expense reimbursement
·         Employment will be subject to confidential medial report by own GRB clearance.

The duties of this post may be subject to variation form time to time following consultation with the post holder.

Health & Safety
      It is the general duty of every employee to take reasonable care for the Health & safety of him/herself and others.

     All staff are required to respect confidentiality of all matters that they may learn relating to their employment, other members of staff and the general public.


In writing or electronically including

1. Letter of application
2. Current Curriculum Vitae
3. Names and contact details of 2 referees

to: Kerry Thackray                     Tel 0191 2504858
     HR Department                     email
     Connect Physical Health
     36 Apex Business Village
     Northumberland NE23 7BF

Closing date: 20th January 2010


Connect was established in the North-East of England in 1989 and has been delivering Community based services to the NHS for over 17 years. Connect delivers more community care to more NHS Musculoskeletal (MSK) patients than any other independent provider.  In all, Connect services 9 PCTs (six North and South of the Tyne, Nottinghamshire, Camden and Hampshire).

Connect provides MSK services in

  • NHS Primary Care Physiotherapy
  • NHS Intermediate Care CATS
  • NHS Chronic Pain Service
  • Occupational health
  • Sports Medicine

Connect clinical staff currently include:

  • General Physiotherapists (50)
  • Extended Scope Physiotherapists ( 12)
  • GPwSI in MSK (9)
  • Sports Physician (1)
  • Soft Tissue Masseur(1)
  • Sports Rehabilitation Specialist(1)
  • Strength& Conditioning Coach (1)
  • Podiatrists in Clinical Biomechanics (2)
  • Chiropractor(1)

As an organisation, Connect has expanded over the past three years through internal investment. In addition to plans to increase activity in the Community NHS services, Occupational Health Services and Clinics, Connect plans to develop services in Sports & Exercise Medicine both within and outside the NHS.

Connect is proud of its track record in innovation, with many examples of pioneering and innovation in the MSK field. The development of Sport & Exercise Medicine (SEM) as a Speciality is one that is perfectly suited to complement Connects current services and staff in the community.

This current full-time SEM role is one which will utilise all the clinical skills and training of an SEM Consultant once fully developed. As a speciality finding its place, Connect recognises the need for the role to develop. Development of the role will be prominent in the early years. This will give an SEM Consultant an exciting opportunity to use the considerable resource, connections and experience of Connect to help establish a high standard of SEM Care for the NHS, Sports teams and in Public Health.


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